Yet what we actually experience in reading is a mind free associating, struggling, and failing to come up with something important to say.
We are served up pabulum such as: “Information wants to be free, but what about beauty?
We cannot afford to spend time reading all sorts of books. “ Books are real treasures and everyone should look for these.
When a person opens books, he finds treasures of goodness and wisdom which spring out from its pages along with good pieces of advice, sound teaching, counsels and truths.
The essays have names such as “Dream Logic,” “Impossible Time,” “Variations on Crying”; and they are short — three-to-seven-minute reads.
They tend toward shallow rather than deep thinking and offer, as their cute names hint, the promise of pleasure without a lot of effort.
If they develop the habit of reading, they can prove themselves as the master of their fields and secure the best place in practical life!
Over the years, the burgeoning genre of creative nonfiction, as well as the increased publication of personal essays, led to the development of what has come to be called the lyrical essay.
When D’Agata and Tall wrote that the lyrical essay “partakes of the essay in its weight,” they were pointing to the ways it draws from our common understanding of what an essay is.
While a precise definition of “essay” has remained elusive, readers can generally agree that the genre typically presents an author’s thinking about a particular subject; it involves an examination of a topic in the form of an argument.